Un baby-Foot

You would probably believe that we are here talking about a cute foot of a baby, you know the foot you wanna eat because of how adorable it is. Stop right here, no baby nor foot involved here, but foosball. Yes, un baby-foot is a table football in French. We probably see it as babies playing football

Une basket

That is a word that French people often use when speaking English thinking that the French word must have the same meaning as the English one but not at all! In French, une basket means a sneaker. So if you meet French people looking for a basket shop, they don’t want to buy a ball to play basket-ball but they are looking for a sneaker shop.

Un break

In the French languageun break is a type of car, a station wagon. I am not sure why we call this family-size car this, but this is the only word we have in French for it. We also use the word “break” just like in English : to have a break / faire une pause. In this case, this is the same definition.

Un brushing

While brushing in English comes from the verb to brush, in French it doesn’t have anything to do with it. In French, it actually means to blow-dry your hair to give it some volume. In other words, faire un brushing means to blow-dry your hair and style it at the same time.

Un footing

Faire un footing means to go jogging, to go for a run. Don’t know what we have with the word foot! We apparently use it quite often, but it is never the right sense.

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Un jogging

Well, you would expect that jogging finally has the same meaning as in English, but it is definitely not… Sorry! Un jogging in French means sweatpants. You know, the pants that you should wear for faire un footing but that you use to lie down on the sofa in reality.

Un relooking

Relooking is typically a word that French people made up to sound like an English term. Yet I don’t even know if that one exists in English! (If you know the meaning of this word in English, please let me know in the commentsUn relooking is a makeover. It can also be a verb : relooker (to do a makeover for somebody) / se faire relooker (to have a makeover).

Un people

Un people in French means somebody who is famous o a celebrity. We even call the tabloids des magazines people. When we talk about famous people, the French language mostly uses English words : peoplestarVIP.

Un pressing

Un pressing means the dry cleaner in English. That is a funny one as I dont’ see the point of calling the dry cleaner’s place un pressing. In French, we have the verb “presser” which means to hurry or to squeeze, so this has nothing to do with it and in English “to press” means to push! I can’t see the connection here… If you see it, please comment!

Un smoking

You will never guess what this anglicism means in French! It absolutely has nothing to do with the actual fact of smoking a cigaretteHint: you can wear it. Second hint: It’s fancy. Third hint: It’s mostly for men. Got it? Yes, un smoking is a tuxedo…!

Un sweat

This word is almost the same word as in English as it means a sweatshirt. It is not really about the word here, but more about its pronunciationAll French people pronounce it like this : “sweet” and not like “sweat“. So if someone wants a sweat (French pronunciation), don’t buy him/her a candy 🙂

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